Hedy's Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-19 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" I have loved reading Holocaust literature for as long as I can remember. This book was stunning, because the story was true. The illustrations were wonderful, and the family's perseverance was remarkable. A definite must read.I received this as an ebook from NetGalley. " said.

" This is the latest book from the Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books that I have read. I am impressed with their format and how the basic information concerning the biographee is reflected in the story.I am purchasing the series for my grandchildren. This is an excellent way to introduce the concept of a biography to young learners. " said.

" The author retells her family history as it was told to her by her mother. We hear so much about the Holocaust, but don't often get to hear the stories of the hardships brought on by fleeing the Holocaust. This is one such story, of refugees during World War Two. Timeline and actual family photographs found in the back. " said.

" A moving and generally uplifting narrative nonfiction picture book, with many somber moments. This might be a good book to introduce students to the Holocaust. The illustrations are lovely, and the backmatter is interesting (lots of photographs, so this would be good resource to introduce primary resources). " said.

" While I like that this book tells the story from a Hungarian perspective, I didn't love it. This topic is generally taught between fifth and eighth grades. Considering this, I would appreciate greater strength in word choice, vocabulary, and depth of content that would be more appropriate to the age of the reader. The pictures are beautiful and I enjoyed the added text features. " said.

" I want everyone with these stories to tell them, to write them down, to share them. This is a good an important addition to those stories and my 5th graders interested in WWII and Number the Stars will enjoy it.That said, the writing's a little uneven in places. We hop from event to event, sometimes without good transitions. But, I'm glad Bisson told Hedy's story. Read it, too. " said.

"Bisson's sensitive, honest story takes the reader along on her mother's flight from Hungary, alone as a teenager, to escape the Nazis during World War II. Her goal, to reach the relative safety of Portugal, where her parents and younger brother are waiting, is haunting. Young readers will be caught up in the drama of the family's escape to the United States and what they find here. The illustrations bring the story to life, but the family photos the author shares at the end of the story add poignancy to this courageous tale. " said.

"I received this book from NetGalley and Capstone Press in exchange for my honest review.

This is a wonderful book in all ways. Hedy's journey is unlike those that I have heard and read about in the past. There is so much uncertainly but she finds hope and strength from the love she has for her family. Hedy is amazingly brave.

There is a timeline in the back of the book explaining what was happening in the world alongside Hedy's. It really bring an extra light to her story and shows how hard her journey was and how close she was to death.

AND let's not forget the illustrations!!! They captured the emotions so well. They were simplistic but in a beautiful and captivating way.

I would recommend this book to everyone.
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